Ray Rice, former RB for the Baltimore Ravens, punched his future wife in the head, knocking her out. Video has recently come out that clearly depicts this ugly incident. It is sickening to watch, media and society all seem to agree. The NFL, Baltimore Ravens, and Nike have all broken ties with Rice. Most of us grew up being taught, you never hit a woman, but Rice did. Now most have seen him do it, and they have loudly declared it absolutely wrong and want justice.
Few if any are quoting, “Do no judge, so that you might not be judged” (Matthew 7:1). This is good news. No on is arguing that we don’t understand how difficult it is to be Ray Rice or that we don’t understand his difficult childhood, or that we don’t even know all the circumstances surrounding the video. They are simply and correctly judging his actions were wrong. Maybe now, light can be shed on this verse and it will be seen and used correctly. Jesus is not telling us to never make moral judgements. He is not forbidding us to differentiate between good and evil, right and wrong. He is not saying our actions don’t matter. Jesus is simply warning us to be fair and humble in our judgments.
Even though society may be trying to limit absolutes, there are absolute rights and wrongs. We are taught to live by them in God’s Word and discern what is right and wrong according to them, looking first to ourself before we examine our neighbor. Even though society often wants to make everything grey, instead of right and wrong, and therefore wrongly apply Matthew 7:1, the Ray Rice incident has shown that we have to make moral judgments for ourself and at times others. (John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”)